Year in Computing
The Year in Computing is a free-standing, self-contained year, offered to students from other Schools in the University and can be taken after stage two or three (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year).
Applications for September 2019 will open from 31 October 2018.
How does the Year in Computing fit into my degree?
During the year you will work exclusively within the School of Computing, returning to your home School and registered degree and ultimately graduating (if successful) with your current degree title augmented with the words with a Year in Computing.
The Year in Computing is suitable for you if you are a current Kent undergraduate and if:
- You are interested in studying computing AND your degree.
- You would like to get prepared for a career in tech
- You are interested in exploring the frontiers of your subject and computing
- You want to learn how to be creative with computing.
What would I learn?
This is a specially designed, self-contained, one-year programme which will take you further than simply being able to 'code'. By concentrating teaching around web technologies you will work with both back-room, business-focussed, and front-end, user-focussed, software: you will not only learn to drive the car, but also how it works.
Most of the teaching will be in separate groups from Computer Science undergraduates.
By which date do I need to apply?
Students wishing to begin the programme in September 2019 will be considered on a rolling basis and applications will open on 31 October 2018. The closing date has yet to be agreed, but it is likely to be in March 2019.
If you are a Stage 2 student, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so that you will know whether or not you have been accepted on to the Year in Computing before making your module choices for Stage 3.
What skills would I gain?
By the end of the year you will be able to:
- Understand the role of technology and how it is used in the contemporary world.
- Have a good foundational knowledge of coding that is focused on the ideas of programming, not just learning a specific language.
- Build dynamic, modern web-based systems.
- Understand how data can be used to tackle complex problems.
- Have a practical grasp of methods for presenting data and designing interactions with computer-based systems.
What is the curriculum?
An Introduction to Computer Systems:
Solving Problems with Data:
HCI and the User Experience (UX):
An Introduction to Web Technologies and Programming:
How is the course assessed?
Except for the project, modules on the Year in Computing are assessed by a mixture of coursework and unseen examinations. Coursework is typically practical in nature, with deadlines spaced throughout the module.
Who can join the Year in Computing?
The year will be available to any University of Kent undergraduate students (Canterbury or Medway) who have completed Stage 2 or 3 of their degree in any subject other than Computer Science, Computing, Business IT or related joint honours degrees.
- For entry between stage two and stage three: Applicants must have achieved at least an academic average of 50% in stage one.
- For entry after stage three: Applicants must have achieved at least an academic average of 50% in stage two.
Is there anyone who can't apply for the Year in Computing?
You cannot apply if you are:
- not currently resgistered as an undergraduate student at the University of Kent
- registered as a student in the School of Computing
- registered as a student in the School of Psychology (please talk to your School about the reasons behind this).
What do I need to get in?
- We expect you to have an average of 50% in your current modules (see above), and a record of good attendance; we want to know that you are coping with the demands of university study.
- We expect you to have an evidenced interest in computing, but not necessarily any prior experience of coding.
- We will ask you to provide a short description of why you are interested in the Year and what you hope to get out of it.
- If your application passes this stage, we will invite you to a selective interview to discuss what you have said in your application, and to give us (and you) confidence that the course is right for you. The interview may include a short, informal, aptitude test.
What will this cost me?
In terms of cost, the Year in Computing should be viewed simply an additional year of study, making a three-year degree into a four-year degree. If you pay your own tuition fees, then you will have to pay for an extra year. For those eligible, student loans should normally be available for all four years. However it is your responsibility to check with the Loan Authority that they will continue to give you financial support on the new programme.
What qualification does this lead to?
Students who successfully complete the Computing year and their home degree will graduate 'with a Year in Computing'. A full transcript of your marks on the Year in Computing will also be available to you, and can be supplied to potential employers.
How does this affect my current degree?
Your degree classification will depend on your main degree subject and not the Year in Computing which is a pass/fail year. If you pass the year, you will get 'with a Year in Computing' added to your degree title. If you fail, you will drop back to your current degree. You do not risk your current degree classification by doing the year.
How does this affect my current degree accreditation?
Please talk to staff in your home school about whether adding a Year in Computing will affect your accreditation or not.
Can I extend my visa to do the Year in Computing?
International students wishing to add the Year in Computing course will be approved on a case by case basis in accordance with UK immigration regulations and the University’s Tier 4 policy on Academic Progression and Change of Course. Students also need to be aware that they may need to return home overseas to apply for a new visa to add the year to their degree.
Where will the Year in Computing be taught?
The programme will be run on the Canterbury campus. Medway students would need to move to, or commute to, Canterbury for the year.
What are the contact hours for the Year in Computing?
This timetable shows what the first cohort of Year in Computing students were taught and when. Please note, the timetable is provided for illustration only. The timetable in any particular year may vary.
Can I take a Year in Computing as a postgraduate student?
Unfortunately not. The programme is open to Kent undergraduates, not Master's or PhD students.
Can I extend my four-year programme to a five-year programme by adding the Year in Computing?
The simple answer is yes, this is suitable for students who have also studied on a year abroad or taken a Year in Industry. Student finance can usually be extended to five years, however it is your responsibility to check with the Loan Authority that they will continue to give you financial support on the new programme. If you have any specific questions about this, please contact us on email@example.com
Can I apply now? I'm a second year and want to do YinCo after my final year.
We only accept applications for students wishing to study the Year in Computing in the following September. If you want to study the Year in Computing in subsequent years, please apply nearer the time.
Would I gain the same knowlege on a Master's course as on the Year in Computing?
You can study for a conversion Master's in Computer Science if you have a good degree in another subject and neither this Master's nor the Year in Computing assumes any prior knowledge of computing. However the content of the two programmes and the way they are funded are quite different. Both of these programmes will equip you for a tech-based career. It is important that you consider which is the most appropriate for you.
Want to learn more?
More information is available in the slides from the kickstart lunch which launched the Year in Computing in November 2015.
Apply for the Year in Computing
Applications for September 2018 are now closed. If you have enquiries about your current application then email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for September 2019 will open on 31 October 2018.